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'Tis
by Frank McCourt | Literature & Fiction
Registered by keithpp of Farnborough, Hampshire United Kingdom on 2/12/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by keithpp from Farnborough, Hampshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 12, 2008

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"F Scott Fitzgerald said there are no second acts in American lives. I think I've proven him wrong. And all because I refused to settle for a one-act existence, the 30 years I taught English in various New York City high schools." -- Frank McCourt

Sequel to Angela's Ashes. [see BCID 5874611]

In what in hindsight can be seen as an act of extreme perversity, Frank McCourt's parents returned to Ireland from New York when he was aged four. Their father deserted them, leaving his mother to raise the family on her own. Angela's Ashes describes a childhood of abject poverty and misery growing up in Ireland. [see BCID 5874611]

Aged 19, Frank McCourt returned to New York. In 'Tis Frank McCourt recounts the life of a naive Irish immigrant fresh off the boat. [see BCID 5874619]

The end of Angela's Ashes differs from the beginning of 'Tis?!

Frank McCourt finally achieved his lifetime ambition and became a teacher, a career he enjoyed for thirty years. An experience he recounts in Teacher Man.

Frank McCourt (1930- ) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Angela's Ashes. In 2002 he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Frank McCourt writes in a strange rambling style and does not use quotation marks to delineate speech.

Angela's Ashes has been turned into a film.

Together with his brother Malachy McCourt, a former radio host, he created the stage play A Couple of Blaguards, a two-man show about their lives and experiences.

Also read

Brick Lane by Monica Ali [see BCID 5747726]

The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster [see BCID 5745322]

Small Island by Andrea Levy 


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